Academy 1/72 Hurricane Mk. IIc – N. Africa (Kasserine Group Build)
This is the second or third Academy kit I’ve built, and I have to say, I really like the detail and engraved panel lines on them. I did no scratch building on this – the only add was the resin tropical filter. I did drill out the gun barrels and exhausts, and had to modify the gear doors to get them into a closed position. You’ll notice my one mistake if you look closely at the retracted wheels… (geeze – when will I ever learn to pay attention all the way through a build!)
For this build, I experimented with the Hataka Blue Line paint sets – supposedly designed for brush painting. They at first seemed to brush on nicely, but they dry way too fast and thus don’t self-level well like the Vallejo Model Color paints I prefer. The lighter tan took 3 coats, and the other 2 still needed spot touch-up after 2. I won’t use them again until I am using an airbrush (getting closer to that), as you can see the brush marks in places if you look closely. I also didn’t lighten up the colors like I normally do, and in hindsight I wish I had, for scale effect. Not as noticeable on the topside, but underneath the blue just looks too deep to me.
For the first time, I used a set of Pitt pens for the panel line wash. It took a bit of experimenting to get the right application pattern down – you kinda have to lay it down in small sections, let it dry just the right amount of time and then wipe excess off. If you wait too long it gets harder to remove – too soon and you pull ink out of the recesses. All in all I liked it, and seemed more controllable than the liquid panel washes I had been using.
Additional weathering accomplished with CreateFX enamel stains, pastel chalk powder, and Tamiya Weathering Master sets. Silver chipping was done with metalizer paint and a very thin brush. Decals were a mix of what came in the box, and most of the roundels and flashes from an aftermarket set. Overall I’m pleased with the outcome. From normal viewing distance you can’t really see the brush marks (only a contest judge with flashlight will probably pick it up!). It will be entered into our clubs annual show and contest this weekend, along with the 6 other builds I’ve completed between last year and this.
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